Shaquille O’Neill: The 325lb GoalkeeperBy: Daryl | March 2nd, 2009
It’s man-giant Shaquille O’Neill of the Phoenix Suns (and, let’s not forget, the movie Steel) fame, facing a penalty kick from Brazilian teammate Leandro Barbosa (I think) in training. LB shoots, Shaq saves, Shaq celebrates.
How would a 325lb keeper do in professional football? I’d guess not great, although Jeroen “pizza!” Verhoeven is making enough to eat. Clearly. And at 36, Shaq is more or less in his goalkeeping prime. Maybe if Tim Howard gets injured?
Good to know that the Phoenix Suns’ players with foreign roots like Steve Nash – who managed to score past Shaq according to the vid – and Leandro Barbosa (LB in the vid, right?) are spreading the beautiful game to old(er) NBA guys like Shaq.
Sidenote: Have you ever tried kicking a basketball? I did once and two things happened:
1) I bruised my big toe, and
2) My P.E. teacher yelled at me.
So all respect to Nash and LB for risking injury in the name of soccer.